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Compilation of Environmental, Threats, and Animal data for Cetacean Population Health Analyses

Implementing Organization

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


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Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA


Project Category


Project Actions

Species Restoration

Targeted Resources

Marine Mammals

Project Description

This project will develop a data platform to provide user-friendly access to datasets for assessing the health of whales and dolphins and the stressors that threaten them. The data platform, named CETACEAN, is short for Compilation of Environmental, Threats, and Animal data for Cetacean population health Analyses. Currently, information on Gulf whales and dolphins is collected by a variety of organizations using different data formats and services. This project will provide for the development of a user-friendly platform with comprehensive data management capabilities. This platform will assist Trustees, restoration planners, responders, and conservation managers in assessing the health of and threats to whale and dolphin populations in the Gulf. This database will provide integrated information to inform decision makers on the development of restoration activities and the assessment of restoration effectiveness. In addition, the platform will inform decision making for timely and effective responses. The key outcome of the project will be a web-based, cloud-based application that provides access to the best available data about the health of and threats to Gulf of Mexico whales and dolphins. The project supports the Trustees’ goal to implement integrated approaches for restoring injured marine mammals throughout the Gulf of Mexico. The project will provide a Gulf-wide approach to planning and monitoring whale and dolphin restoration, encompassing a location-based and/or project specific approach for data collection and utilization. Priority would be given to the locations with species adversely affected by the Deepwater on "More Info" link below


Thomas Dolan
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